The History of Coffee
There are 2 principle species of coffee beans grown, namely the Arabica and the Robusta.
The Arabica is a more flavouful, oily bean and is the preferred bean used to make your favourite espresso, latte or cup of filter coffee.
The Robusta is a bitter bean, with higher caffeine content than the Arabica and is generally used in the production of instant coffees. Due to its flavour and aroma characteristics, the Arabica demands a higher price on the open market.
Interestingly, the best Arabica beans are grown in the highlands of various coffee producing nations of the world.
Did you know?
The coffee plant was born in Africa in an Ethiopian region (Kaffa). From there it spread to Yemen, Arabia, Egypt and was eventually introduced to the western society in approximately 1600 AD.